Dell Studio XPS 16 review: Dell Studio XPS 16

The Studio XPS 16 ran for 1 hour and 43 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. That's not terribly impressive, and makes this more of a stay-at-home laptop than a mainstream portable machine. We also received a nine-cell battery, which added significant bulk and weight, but came closer to three hours of battery life.

Dell includes an industry-standard one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which includes (asterisk-laden) on-site service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $299. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Studio XPS 16
750 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Studio XPS 16
134 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Studio XPS 16
162 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF  
Dell Studio XPS 16
57.8 
Asus X83VB-X1
17.4 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Studio XPS 16
103 

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Dell Studio XPS 16
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB ATI Radeon HD3670; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm.

Gateway MC7803u
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB ATI Radeon HD3650; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Asus X83VB-X1
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm.

Sony Vaio AW125
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm.

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    Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo T6600, 250GB HDD, 3GB)

    Part Number: DYCWFN1 Released: Jan. 7, 2009

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    • Release date Jan. 7, 2009
    • Installed Size 3 GB